Our Team

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We undertake policy-focused, applied, and academic research on topics at the intersection of internet and society, and driven by concerns of digital rights and public interest. Our teams are based in Bangalore and Delhi.

 

Directors

Sunil Abraham

Pranesh Prakash

Elonnai Hickok

Saikat Datta

Sumandro Chattapadhyay

Administration and Finance

Ajoy Kumar

Nisha Kumar

K.N. Medini

Velankanni Royson

Access to Knowledge and Openness

Anubha Sinha

Tanveer Hasan

Internet Governance

Amber Sinha

Researchers at Work (RAW)

Khetrimayum Monish Singh

Saman Goudarzi

P.P. Sneha

Ranjit Singh

Zeenab Aneez


Directors

Sunil Abraham

Sunil Abraham



















Sunil is the Executive Director of CIS. He is also a social entrepreneur and Free Software advocate. He founded Mahiti in 1998 which aims to reduce the cost and complexity of Information and Communication Technology for the Voluntary Sector by using Free Software. Today, Mahiti employs more than 50 engineers and Sunil continues to serve on the board as a board member. Sunil was elected an Ashoka fellow in 1999 to 'explore the democratic potential of the Internet' and was granted a Sarai FLOSS fellowship in 2003. Between June 2004 and June 2007, he managed the International Open Source Network, a project of the UNDP's Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme serving 42 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Between September 2007 and June 2008, he also managed ENRAP, an electronic network of International Fund for Agricultural Development projects in the Asia-Pacific facilitated and co-funded by  International Development Research Centre, Canada.

Sunil is the co-author for the following publications:

Read Sunil's detailed resume here.

Email: [email protected].

Phone: +91 96111 00817

Pranesh Prakash

Pranesh Prakash












Pranesh is a Policy Director at the CIS and works on policy research and advocacy around intersections of technology and law focusing on access to knowledge (primarily copyright reforms), promoting 'openness' (including open government data, open standards, open access, and free/libre/open source software), freedom of expression, privacy, and internet governance.

Pranesh is the co-author for the following publications:

Read Pranesh's detailed resume.

Email: [email protected].

Phone: +91 99161 58217

Elonnai Hickok

Elonnai

















Elonnai is Chief Operating Officer at the CIS. Elonnai has graduated from the University of Toronto where she studied international development and political science. Elonnai leads the privacy, surveillance, and big data work at the Centre and has also written extensively on issues pertaining to intermediary liability, digital rights, identity, cyber security and DNA profiling. Elonnai has also worked as a consultant with the Open Society Foundations and with the Ranking Digital Rights project.

Her publications include:

Saikat Datta

Saikat Datta


















Saikat Datta is a Policy Director with the Centre for Internet & Society, India.

He is an award winning journalist for over 20 years as an editor and an investigative reporter with several news organisations. He has been a defence correspondent with The Indian Express, an assistant editor with the Outlook magazine, Resident Editor with DNA, member of the Editorial Board with Zee News and Editor (National Security) with Hindustan Times.

Saikat's investigative reporting has been awarded the International Press Institute award (2007), the Jagan Phadnis Memorial award (2008) and the National RTI award for investigative journalism (2010).

He is also the author of India's Special Forces (2013), a seminal book on the history and the future of India's special operations capabilities.He writes regularly in various publications and his research papers have been published by the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS) and the National Security Guards (NSG), among others. He regularly conducts training sessions on hostage rescue operations for Mumbai Police's crack anti-terrorism outfit, Force One. His core areas of research are around counter-terrorism, intelligence, cybersecurity and the use of special forces in strategic roles.

He has also worked for two years in the corporate sector as Vice President and Head of De-risking Strategies for Reliance Industries, working on cybersecurity and counter terrorism projects.

He is also a Consulting Editor with www.Scroll.in and a consultant on cybersecurity with IIM, Bangalore. He has also been a Lead Researcher & Senior Fellow with the Internet Democracy Project and a Visiting Fellow with the Observer Research Foundation's National Security programme.

E-mail: [email protected].

Twitter: @saikatd.

Sumandro Chattapadhyay

Sumandro Chattapadhyay








Research Director at the CIS, I lead and contribute to academic, creative, and policy research across topics of access to knowledge and openness, ICTs for development and data governance, and digital economy and labour. My academic interest lies in new media, history of computing, and political economy. My core policy research focuses on (open) data and digital economy. I am also keenly interested in computational techniques in arts, humanities, and social research, and methodological questions thereof.

I studied economics in Visva-Bharati, Shantiniketan, and in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. I was a member of the founding team at the MOD Institute, Bangalore; led a data analysis and visualisation project at the Azim Premji University, Bangalore; and was a Research Associate at the Sarai programme, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

E-mail: [email protected].

Resume: Download (PDF).

ORCID: 0000-0001-5724-4557.

Administration and Finance

Ajoy Kumar

Ajoy Kumar

Ajoy is an Administrator at the CIS. He manages all the events organised by CIS including hotel and travel bookings, does the liasoning with government offices and Members of Parliament, etc. Ajoy also works as a part-time lawyer doing property documentation.

Read Ajoy's detailed resume.

Email: [email protected].

Nisha Kumar




K.N. Medini

K.N. Medini








Medini is a Senior Accounts Officer at the Centre for Internet and Society. Medini began her work as an accountant in 1992. After completing her Bachelors in Commerce from Andhra Pradesh S V University, she procured a Diploma in Accounts and began working with a Chartered Accountant to learn the ropes of her profession. For the past fifteen years she has worked with Chartered Accountants, companies and NGOs in handling company and organisation’s accounts. In 2003, she joined the Accounts team of Partners in Child Development, an EveryChild partner. In 2004, she joined EveryChild India as the Head Office Accountant. Since then she has been managing the organisation’s accounts and streamlining into handling the organisation’s partners project accounts. Having been with EveryChild India since its inception, Medini has seen the organisation grow from infancy into adulthood. A mother of two, Medini loves to play with her children and make handicraft items in her free time.

Email: [email protected]

Velankanni Royson

Velankanni Royson



Royson is the Office Assistant in the Bangalore office. He assists the administration department in organising events, takes videos of the events, uploads them to the CIS website, Blip TV, YouTube, etc.

 

Email: [email protected].




Access to Knowledge and Openness

Anubha Sinha

Anubha Sinha



Anubha is a Senior Programme Manager at the CIS. She works primarily on the Pervasive Technologies Project, and on other issues involving intellectual property law and openness. She regularly contributes to the SpicyIP blog and was trained as a lawyer at Dr. RML National Law University, Lucknow.

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @anubhasinha_.

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/pub/anubha-sinha/1b/a9b/b73.

Tanveer Hasan

Our Team

 

Internet Governance

Amber Sinha

Amber Sinha


Amber is a Senior Programme Manager at the CIS. He works on issues surrounding privacy, big data, and cyber security. Amber is interested in the impact of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and learning algorithms on existing legal frameworks, and how they need to evolve in response. He has studied humanities and law at National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

E-mail: [email protected].

Twitter: @ambersinha07.

Researchers at Work

Khetrimayum Monish Singh

Khetrimayum Monish Singh


Khetrimayum Monish Singh is a Programme Officer at the CIS. He works on data governance and is interested in questions around data-driven community experiences and practices, specifically with regard to access, security, and identity. He has submitted his doctoral thesis at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Resume: Download (PDF)

Email: [email protected]


Saman Goudarzi

Saman Goudarzi


Saman Goudarzi is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto Scarborough completing a degree in International Development Studies and Geography. A cartographer, her interests lie at the intersection of technology, data and labour. She is a resident cartographer at the Researchers at Work programme during October 2017 - August 2018.

Email: [email protected]


P.P. Sneha

P.P. Sneha




Sneha is Programme Officer with the Researchers at Work (RAW) programme at the CIS. Her training is in Humanities, and she has previously worked in the field of higher education. She is presently engaged with a project on mapping the emergent field of Digital Humanities in India, and is also interested in questions on the nature of textuality, reading and writing practices in the digital sphere.

Email: [email protected]

Ranjit Singh

Ranjit Singh






Ranjit Singh is a PhD candidate at the Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University. His dissertation project, Seeing Like an Infrastructure, examines the legal, administrative, and technological challenges in the implementation of India’s biometrics-based national identification project, Aadhaar. He is also associated with the Life of a Tuple project on the conceptualization, design, and implementation of an updated version of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, India. Both projects are geared towards elucidating the rapidly changing understandings, practices, and evaluations of the state-citizen relationship mediated by information infrastructures in India.

Email: [email protected]

Zeenab Aneez

Zeenab Aneez

Zeenab is a Research Associate with the Researchers at Work (RAW) programme at the CIS. Her interests include digital publishing practises, new media journalism, media ecologies, digital labour, and social media alternatives. She was previously a reporter at The Hindu, Hyderabad, and has worked as an independent journalist.

E-mail: [email protected].

Twitter: @zeenabaneez


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